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This instalment of Michelle Bridge’s Mini Series is all about being selfless, and actually it can be related to an earlier post on excuses, and specifically not having time to exercise.

 

Often with all the demands of our lives we think we are being selfish by taking the time out to spend it on ourselves, especially in terms of exercise and working out. Or by putting off the dishes, laundry, dinner or doing something for the kids to do something you want to do- like exercise- is selfish. When actually it’s often the most selfless thing you can do.

 

Michelle used a fantastic example- you know when you’re aboard an aeroplane and they explain in the case of an emergency put on your mask first before helping others etc. We do this so that we can actually live, and then consequently help others. You become useless when trying to be the martyr helping someone else, and not being able to follow through because you lose consciousness. You help yourself first. It’s as simple as that. This example takes away all the emotion and guilt, and leaves you with rational reason. Too bad we’re often surrounded by emotions and guilt in our everyday lives when faced with the ultimatum- workout or spend time with kids/partner, do work, clean etc.

 

This quote really sums it up perfectly. By giving yourself nurturing and care (exercise being some form of this) you are then able to give those around you and everything you do, the best of you. By looking after yourself first you’re looking after others. It then also eliminates the resent that one could foster (you know- ugh I wish I could do blah blah blah for myself, instead of having to do blah blah blah for blah blah blah)- blah 😉 You give up the guilt, resentment and related emotions to become the best version of yourself. You owe it to yourself, your family & friends and everything you do to become the best you. And yes, eating well, exercising, taking time out for YOU are ways to do this. We need to look after our health, bodies, minds and basically our whole selves before we can really look after others.

 

Oh and I love this quote I just came across. So true! Make sure you say YES to yourself enough, and not just to others. It’s okay to say ‘no, later, another time or I can’t’ to people- if it means saying yes to yourself and becoming the best version of yourself. Remember in doing this you are doing the best for others also, it’s not selfish- it’s sensible and selfless.

How could you start saying yes to yourself?

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Excuses- MBMS 5

It’s definitely time for another Michelle Bridge’s Mini Series post.

If you’ve missed the first four you can find them below:

The theme for this post is all about excuses, which is something all of us can definitely relate to. There’s excuses for everything! And with excuses comes a consequence. Don’t want to cook dinner because you’re too tired? Grab some take out. Need to finish that work but the laptop is all the way over there? Cram, stress and cry trying to get it done at the last minute. Oh and possibly the most common one, can’t exercise because you have no time? Well you know the consequences of that.

Michelle focused on the excuse- I don’t have time. And realistically this is probably the most relatable one for all of us. We are living in a world where we are constantly made to multi task; everything and everyone is travelling at a million miles an hour trying to get everything done, make ends meet and just get through life. It’s understandable that amongst our household duties, families, jobs, partners, extra curricular activities and social lives that we come to the conclusion that we just don’t have time. Or simply that little bit of time we do have leftover, maybe we just want to spend it relaxing with down time.

Michelle mentioned that this is the number 1 exucse she gets from her clients. To put it into perspective she uses the Prime Minister as argument that noone is too busy to exercise. In particular, John Howard. Do you remember when he was Prime Minister and probably had a bit of workload…you know with running the country and all? Well what did you see him constantly doing on the news as he was bombarded by media? Yup, power walking.

 

 

I think it’s a cheeky little reminder: the next time you think you’re too busy, have a think- are you busier than the Prime Minister?

This notion of excuses for not exercising also reminds me of one of my favourite quotes I often like to throw out during a Body Step class- You can feel sorry tomorrow or sore tomorrow. You choose.

If you’re anything like me you’ll love that post workout sore too! And probably totally not love feeling sorry for yourself right?

I think it’s all about prioritising your goals (Speaking of, I’ve crossed some more off I think!). Maybe try some group fitness classes, that way you may feel slightly more obligated to go because the class has already been scheduled, and you’d hate to let the rest of the members and participants down right? Plus, group fitness workouts are the ultimate best! Trust me 😉

Also, next time you’re googling or pintersting your next excuse not to excuse think about it- what are you worth? What is your health worth? And maybe that workout will seem a tad more important, and hopefully those excuses will gradually start losing their worth. Prioritising yourself is one of the best things you can do for others and yourself! (More on this in the next instalment).

What’s your number 1 excuse for not working out? Or in general?

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